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Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

646 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 243
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdude1982 on 02-16-2013

The Freak of Nature is our San Francisco inspired hoppy monster. At 8% abv and who knows how many ibu’s, this beer is our shrine to the Hop. Absurd amounts of the big West Coast hops gives this beer its citrusy, weedy nose and big, dank flavor. We dry hop with 48lbs per batch, which is over 3lbs of hops per barrel. In keeping with the classic style of the West Coast double, sugar plays a large part in creating this dry and minimally bitter double IPA. The Freak is particularly pintable for the style, so if you dare to enter, we welcome you to the Freak Show.
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Ratings: 646 | Reviews: 49
Photo of HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and strong dank and citrus hops that mix very well in the smell and taste. The citrus and pine hops are stronger though. A nice smooth and heavy body with a fantastic dry finish. Recommend.

Photo of Brackh
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a growler a buddy brought back to me. Pours a lighter clear yellow. Smells all pine and citrus. Taste has a good bite up front. So drinkable though. Fruity, hoppy, beautiful. Awesome all around.

Photo of simcoeluv
3.01/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - grassy

Taste - grassy

Does not match up with the better DIPAs available (at least in the NW).

Photo of carolinabrew
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal Double American IPA. Nuanced flavor from start to finish.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head.

Smell - Dank and citrusy. Doughy malts.

Taste - Herbal and kinda grassy. Orange hops. Sweet pale malts.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Really nice. Went back for this a couple times.

Photo of humuloner22
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft numerous times at the brewpub, I don't know why it has taken me so long to review this one, but it has. Anyway far and away the best DIPA in the state.

Appearance: Very clear bronze gold decent head retention that sticks to the side of the glass throughout the pour.

Aroma: Piney resin, tropical fruit notes like mango, papaya and guava. Beautiful bouquet!

Taste: So smooth, there is a lot going on with this beer, its very smooth but with the right amount of bitterness going on in the right places but its not overwhelming in that sense. Tropical fruit notes and some piney resinous flavors as well. It washes over your tongue with pure smooth tropical mango and some mild citrus notes.

Overall: Without a doubt the best IPA/DIPA made in NC right now, edges out Jade as my favorite but loses some points because for now all you can get is at the brewpub or select stores which may have it on growler. I cannot wait until this one is being canned! Watch out New England and CA, we have something worthy of trading!

Photo of IrishColonial
3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells and tastes a bit stale but can tell something good may be simmering underneath. Still decent but hope to try it on tap at the source at some point.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Wicked Weed tasting room in Asheville, NC. The pour was very clear and golden-amber in color. It sports about a finger of tight white foam with pretty good retention. The nose is very pleasant. I get lots of ripe oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and a hint of pine sap.

Medium body with a very firm, creamy feel. I get flavors of fresh bread up front, then marmalade, peaches, oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple. This is easily one of the most balanced IIPAs I've had. The hop bill is extremely well-integrated with the malt and the flavors all pop together. It's one of those magical beers that seems much less bitter than it actually is. It finishes with a nice oily hop kick that leaves you salivating for more.

I lived in Asheville about 10 years ago and still go back 2-3 times per year. I'm well-aware of all the brewing activity taking place there, but prior to this experience have never once been overly-impressed with an Asheville beer. Obviously, that has now changed. Freak of Nature is a world-class IIPA. If I still lived in Asheville, I'd drink it all the time.

Photo of Colinwebb
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible DIPA. Hopheads only apply.

Photo of LauraTheExplorer
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy to finally try this nice DIPA! An awesome fellow BA member sent us howler of this and we were pleasantly surprised by it.
Nice grapefruit, melon tones with a bit of (desirable) bitterness and slight malt to balance the hops. To me, it's reminiscent of Founders Centennial IPA...but a bit more lush and rich. NICE !

Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Enjoyed this quaff at the upstairs bar during a recent trip in November 2014. This well crafted beer is dry-hopped with 4 pounds of hops per barrel - nice. The body is a translucent amber with a wispy head and a dearth of carbonation. There is some moderate splocthes of lace. The nose emits faint whiffs of grass and pine with a few hits of mango at the end. On the palate, there is plenty of grass and honey along for the ride. A lttle bit of bread on the mouthfeel with some subtle ryness at the end.

Despite the hype, this is a suprisingly easy quaff. However, it does tout an 8.6% abv, so caution must be observed no matter. Perhaps, his majesty King Henry VIII was right: the hop is a pernicious and wicked weed. Nice beer indeed!

Photo of surfcaster
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

On tap with freshly tapped keg only a couple days old from WW.

The nose lets you know from 6 inches away this one is going to be special. Powerful citrus and floral notes. Explodes on the tongue with bitterness that evolves during the tasting but never overwhelms.

I think this is the closest thing I have had to Nelson on the east coast and that is my highest compliment.

Photo of wingnutter
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 64oz growler I got when I was in Asheville last weekend to bring back to Tampa.

This is one smooth, tasty beer. At 8% ABV its not a huge DIPA, but the drinkabikity is off the charts.

I'd swear I almost detect a bit of weed in the aroma...taste is awesome, with citrus notes along with some biscuit and light toffee notes...the mouth feel is nothing short of creamy. So good.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bradaplast for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 32 oz. screw-top growler into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Nice gold color, and almost entirely clear with a touch of chill haze as well. Forms a thin white head that fades fairly quickly, and low visible carbonation. Despite being consumed within a couple days of receipt, the last two aspects may be due to the growler serving.

S: This isn't one of the DIPAs that you can practically smell from across the room, but it's decent enough. Tropical fruits, crisp cracker malts, citrus rind, crisp apple, and some grassiness.

T: Tropical fruits, mangoes, and grapefruit that seems pink and juicy. There's melon, a bit of onion/spice character, grassy, and just a touch of resin. The malt bill provides some background sweetness but largely stays out of the way. No caramel flavors at all, which I appreciate in this style for sure. Finishes dry with only moderate bitterness levels for the style.

M: Crisp light body. Carbonation sensation is fairly low, although again I blame that on the growler serving. Very low alcohol presence.

O: This was tasty, and almost everything I would look for in the style. The hop profile was just not my favorite. If they would rebrew this one with different hops, it might be one of my favorites - but again, this is simply personal preference. Still, it's good and would be quite sessionable.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i liked this beer quite a bit, but think its absurd to consider it among the best big india pales in the world. wicked weeds contribution for me is their funky stuff, this is just an over hopped beer that seems less refined than their other stuff. maybe its hype for the brewery or something, but for this to be rated so highly is a bit ridiculous in my opinion. the beer really is excellent, light but balancing malt base, aggressive pine family hops, with a clean finish and only moderate bitterness. its excellent actually, super fresh and feels great on the palate too, lighter than many, not having that oily honey texture some get, and not getting heavy with the vegetal aspect of the hops. but i dont think its unique or nuanced enough to be measured against the likes of the best in the world. certainly not a top 250 beer for me, although it is great, its not that great.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Jay for this one! 64 oz growler into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. The head is less than a finger high, and white in shade. Retention is quite poor, though the beer doesn't look entirely still. No lacing here, either. (3.25)

Smell: Well, this one doesn't play around. It's really bringing the tropical fruits and the berry qualities nicely, along with some floral and grapefruit notes. Malt is slightly prevalent, just slightly. It's an excellent nose, it really is, it just has a bit too much in the way of onion-y Mosaic notes. (4)

Taste: First off, it's really fresh. Most of the tropical goodness lies closer to the finish and aftertaste, but I also taste a nice dankness to it. The hops have a decent complexity here: I taste grapefruit, weed, mango, melon, pine, grass, and onion. It actually opens up with a slight sugar character before the hops utterly take over. It's hoppy, but not abrasively bitter, either. Very, very delicious in all, but it isn't quite perfectly balanced.

No...wait, it's getting smoother and smoother as I drink more of it. Imagine that, a DIPA that's easy to drink a whole lot of...maybe it IS perfectly balanced overall? Yep, I'm totally conviced now - this is fantastic. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Not as under-carbonated as I feared, thankfully. The bubbles here are very fine and scrubbing in nature. This has a medium body and a bit of initial sweetness, but that leaves the palate faster than you can say "Keep Asheville weird." Very easy to drink, without a hint of the 8% anywhere. (4.25)

Overall: This is definitely a top-tier DIPA. Initially, it didn't quite seem world-class to me, but the more I drink of it, the more I'm convinced this can stand up to any IPA coming from California. The hops express themselves quite well, and the malts stay out of the way. Seriously, seek this one out. (4.25)

4.26/5: If this is the kind of beer I can regularly expect from Asheville...well then, I'll have to save some scratch for a vacation!

Photo of Stevebeergeek
5/5  rDev +13.9%

This is my favorite Double IPA, it out performs all of the other top rated IPAs in my mind, you know which ones I'm talking about!

Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

Resiny, piney, grapefruit pith, with a fairly bitter finish. The bready malt backbone stands up well. Onion is a bit strong for my palate, but I think they have the bittering hops and malt balance nailed.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -8.9%

1-liter growler poured into a matching wicked weed snifter. The brew appears a clear golden orange color with an off-white cap that fades slow leaving patchy lace.

The smell containd notes of citrus zest, fruity rinds and grassy herbs. Its very piney and herbal smelling of hops with litle to no other character, just all hoppiness and its good.

The taste is pine, with citrus zest, pith and pulp like rindy oranges and grapefruit with a lasting dank appeal and faint extended fruity quality that is bitter. No indication of that 8% alcohol or really any malt backbone.

This is medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Pretty decent stuff that fits the bill for their west coast style description.

Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%

32oz growler poured into a Wicked Weed snifter.


The beer pours a super clear, golden copper color, quite a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass at first but it settles well with a soapy finger and a half of white head that has moderate retention and leaves some sparse, sticky, lace. The aroma is very piney, bitter, resinous, with some assertive grapefruit peel, light wildflower with some mild tropical fruits and just a touch of sweet malt. The flavors mirror very well, strong bitter pine, fruity grapefruit, tangerine and some mango and pineapple fruit and a touch of wildflower with just a light malt, a bit sticky but very minimal. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, it does have some nice stickiness to it and it coats the mouth fairly well, but it feels a bit lighter than I expected, the carbonation is a bit higher than I prefer, and the finish is nice and dry.


Verdict: A very nice DIPA from Wicked Weed, my first experience with their beers. It's balanced and has a very clean flavor profile, perhaps a bit overly bitter, but quite enjoyable. A very, very well made beer and one I hope to have again.

Photo of mst934
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After bringing a 32oz bottle back to the house, I noticed it was cloudy. Also, a bit rainy. I sat down, cracked open the bottle and filled up a glass. I let the beer sit for a minute or two. After the first sip, a stiff North West wind was felt. Another sip, and I noticed the clouds began to break and the rain stopped.

All is right now. I give credit to this beer. Well done Wicked Weed. A DIPA that goes down like a Session IPA. But you know, with some balls.

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is bright gold in color. It has good clarity and a nice white head. Bubbles swirl up readily even out of this stubby growler. Lots of lacing. Decent retention. The head dies down after a couple minutes, not bad for a beer above 8% abv. The aroma is full of sweet hop flavors. There’s big citrus, tropical notes, some pine and a floral background. Fruit-wise, I get tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, lime, mild grape and mild berry. It’s not as huge on the new, fancy hop flavors as some recent hoppy beers, but it excels in execution. The hops are expressed wonderfully with no off notes. There’s light background sweetness from the malt that blends into the hop fruitiness. The taste is full of hop flavor with a perfect balance of sweetness and moderate bitterness. Starts off with floral/grape hoppiness and malt sweetness. Then, pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit take over, before a finish of pine, pepper and citrus rind. The feel is light and smooth. Normal carbonation, though again, it’s a growler. It strongly reminds me of Pliny. The flavor and intensity of the hops is strong but it’s still a very easy beer to like because everything is held in a very careful balance. Excellent stuff.

Photo of blordo1685
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clear amber with minimal head.

S- Holy cow! This thing had ripe peach, pineapple, even watermelon coming out of it. I had to do a double take to make sure that nobody walked by with perfume.

T- What a refreshing summer drink! And 8.5 percent alcohol which you do not taste. The tropical flavors and wonderful hops are abundant. Mouthfeel is light considering the abv , and malt is faint, actually lighter than I would prefer. This is why I would call this an amazing summer IPA/DIPA .

O- Probably the best IPA or DIPA in Asheville. Though I prefer more of a malt backbone, I'm glad I had it in summer. It was refreshing on a hot day.

IPA lovers, the Wicked Weed is your destination in Asheville. Be warned, the service here is lacking and quite inattentive. But so is every place in Asheville.

Oh, the food is really good here too.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A clear golden beer, with white head that forms up full and pillowy, fading to a whispy white trace, with significant lacing.

S - Pine and sharp hop fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit.

T - Starts with a bright fruity elements, primarily of grapefruit pith and lemon zest. Middle remains bold, but the pine comes forward and the malt sweetness underlies these hop characteristics. In the close, the bitterness rises and hits hard, finishing things with a long bitter trail.

M - Significant carbonation, but the close of bitterness builds over time.

O - This is a delicious DIPA, with solid hops and subtle malt. The close is bitter, but not enough to shake me off this brew.

Photo of Paincane
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright clear golden body topped by white head with great lacing. Excellent head retention.
S: Great citrus aromas with grapefruit, lemon peel and pine notes.
T: Grapefruit, pine, hop flavors abound making for a wonderful crisp body with a terrific bitter hop finish.
M: Crisp, flavorful, hoppy masterpiece.
O: Beautiful DIPA.

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.